The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by Green Bay Packers as non-drafted free agent, May 5, 2006...Re-signed by Packers, March 16, 2009...Waived by Packers, May 4, 2009...Claimed off waivers by Detroit Lions, May 5, 2009...Signed by Lions to new contract, March 23, 2010...Terminated by Lions, Aug. 16, 2010...Signed by Denver Broncos as free agent, Aug. 19, 2010...Re-signed by Broncos as unrestricted free agent, March 29, 2012...Placed on injured reserve (triceps) by Broncos, Aug. 27, 2012...Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2013.
At a glance
CAREER: Versatile performer who has seen NFL action at both linebacker and defensive end...Signed by Raiders as unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013, the same day the Silver and Black also added DT Pat Sims and LB Kaluka Maiava...Has also been a productive special teams performer as a pro...In eight NFL seasons, has played 101 games (33 starts) with Raiders (2013), Denver (2010-12), Detroit (2009) and Green Bay (2006-08) and totaled 175 tackles (134 solo), 14 sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
2013: Veteran defensive end played in 13 games with 11 starts in first season with Oakland...Notched three sacks and totaled 27 tackles (15 solo)...Also posted one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Credited with sacks in each of his first two games with the Raiders...(9/8) at Ind.: Made Raiders debut, starting at LDE...Recorded a key sack of QB Andrew Luck, getting to the passer for a 13-yard loss on a fourth-and-one play in the third quarter...Play turned the ball over at the Oakland 43-yard line, and Raiders later scored to take first lead of the game...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Posted a sack for the second-straight game, sacking QB Chad Henne in the fourth quarter...Recorded back-to-back tackles to help force a three-and-out early in the final period...(9/23) at Den.: Recovered a third-quarter fumble following DE Lamarr Houston’s sack of QB Peyton Manning, setting up a Raiders touchdown drive...(9/29) vs. Was.: Inactive due to a quad injury...(10/6) vs. SD: Returned from injury and posted one solo tackle...(10/13) at KC: Credited with two tackles (one)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Assisted on one tackle and credited with a pass defensed...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Notched one solo tackle...(11/10) at NYG: Posted two tackles (one)...Pressured Eli Manning in the first quarter, forcing an 11-yard sack by LB Sio Moore...(11/17) at Hou.: Assisted on one tackle...(11/24) vs. Ten. and (11/28) at Dal.: Inactive due to a foot injury...(12/8) at NYJ: Returned to action after missing two games with a foot injury...Credited with two tackles (one)...(12/15) vs. KC: Returned to starting lineup and recorded a sack and one forced fumble...Stripped QB Alex Smith on a 5-yard sack in the fourth quarter, a fumble that was recovered by DT Stacy McGee...Added three solo tackles...(12/22) at SD: Played in 100th career game...Got to QB Philip Rivers for a 3-yard sack in the first quarter, but the play was negated due to an illegal use of the hands infraction...Pressured Rivers on a 5-yard sack by DT Pat Sims later on the same series...Posted four tackles (two).
2012: Named a starter at defensive end at the beginning of training camp but sustained season-ending triceps injury on Aug. 14 soon after the team's preseason opener...Underwent surgery the following day and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 27.
2011: Played in all 16 regular season games (2 starts) for the second consecutive season and totaled 20 tackles (16 solo), one sack (6 yds.), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Played in both of Denver's postseason contests and contributed four tackles (2 solo)...(9/12) vs. Oak.: Recorded a season-high six tackles to go along with a sack and a forced fumble in Denver's season opener.
2010: Saw action in all 16 regular season and started a career-high 12 contests at outside linebacker after signing with Denver during the preseason...Finished fifth on the club with 59 tackles (48 solo), three sacks (30 yds.), one interception (14 yds.), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries...Added two solo tackles and one fumble recovery on special teams...(10/10) at Bal.: Totaled a career-high nine tackles (6 solo), including one sack...(11/14) vs. KC: Recovered a fumble and returned it 75 yards for a score to represent the second fumble return for a touchdown in his career as well as the fourth-longest in franchise history.
2009: Played in 14 games with nine starts for Detroit...Recorded 34 tackles (27 solo), including a career-high five sacks (27 yds.), three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries at defensive end...(9/20) vs. Min.: Made first career start, while also picking up his first NFL sack...Posted a sack in each of Detroit's final three regular season games.
2008: Played 12 games with Green Bay and totaled 10 tackles (6 solo), two sacks (5 yds.), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery...Added three stops on special teams...(11/16) vs. Chi.: Recorded one of five defensive touchdowns on the season by Green Bay, recovering a fumble and returning it 54 yards for a score.
2007: Played in all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests for Green Bay while emerging as its top special teams contributor...Totaled 25 special teams tackles in the regular season to represent the most by a Packers player since 1985...(1/20/08) vs. NYG: Posted a special teams stop in the NFC Championship Game.
2006: Entered NFL with Green Bay Packers after signing as an undrafted college free agent on May 5...Played in 14 games, registering two tackles on defense and eight stops on special teams...(12/3) vs. NYJ: Recovered an onside kick.
COLLEGE: Four-year letterman at Appalachian State, playing in 50 games (15 starts)...Registered 186 tackles (110 solo), including 38.5 tackles for loss and 24 sacks, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and one interception...Named Division I-AA second team All-America following his senior season in which he started 15 games and totaled 101 tackles (51 solo), 24.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks while leading the Mountaineers to the Division I-AA national title.
PERSONAL: Participated in football for only one season at E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C....On sole prep season as a senior, earned honorable mention all-conference honors after posting 87 tackles and 9.5 sacks...Father, James, played football at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., and served 25 years in the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Armed Forces...Worked as an intern for the Red Cross in high school.